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Red Sox sign 17-year-old Australian pitcher Daniel McGrath


They haven’t landed Roy Oswalt, but the Red Sox did sign a pitcher yesterday in 17-year-old Australian left-hander Daniel McGrath.

McGrath is still in high school, so according to Rob Bradford of he’ll fly to America to briefly attend spring training in Florida and then head back to Australia to play for the under-18 national team.

Bradford reports that 15 major-league teams expressed interest in signing McGrath, who apparently “turned down richer offers” because he’s “a longtime Red Sox fan.” He also turned down a chance to play college ball and according to Bradford drew the most interest “of any Australian teenager in at least the past 10 years.”

Jason Kipnis plans to play through a disgusting-looking ankle sprain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during game one of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 14, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jason Kipnis sprained his ankle while celebrating the Indians ALCS win over the Blue Jays. In the runup to tonight’s game, Terry Francona has said that Kipnis would be fine, that he’s a gamer, etc., etc. You know, the usual “when the bell rings, all of the aches and pains go away” kind of thing.

Today, however, we see that this sprained ankle is maybe not your run-of-the-mill late season bump or bruise:


Um, yikes.

Indians beat writer jumps in Lake Erie to settle a bet

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Back in September Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes ruffled a lot of feathers when he declared the Indians DOA. His rationale: too many injuries to Indians starters weakened the club too greatly. Even if they did make the playoffs, Hoynes argued, they wouldn’t go far.

A reader made a bet with him at the time: if the Indians didn’t make the World Series, he’d jump in Lake Erie. If they did, Hoynes would.

Today Hoynes made good on his bet. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a baseball writer drop trou, by the way: